Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
A friend and I are teaching through a series written by World Vision and based on Richard Stearn's book The Hole in our Gospel. The video segment in our first week of class showed Stearns talking about how the Gospel is to be lived out in proclamation and compassion and justice. This whole Gospel shows evidence of caring about the whole person...body, mind, spirit, soul.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The Youth Art Team (www.youthartteam.blogspot.com) nears its six week culmination with the upcoming Heart Project, this Saturday, November 20, from 4-6 p.m. at Orchard Hill Church's atrium/coffeeshop (east end).
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
A friend named Molly has been on staff with Youth With a Mission over the past four years in Battambang, Cambodia. Last week, Molly's mom and sister, Sue and Erin, along with three other good friends from church, traveled to go spend a couple of weeks with Molly. Here's a report from our friend Maribeth emailed today:
We hope this finds everyone well in Iowa and beyond. We arrived in Battambang yesterday afternoon after a 3 hour bus ride from Siem Reap. It was a great way to see the Cambodian countryside. Miles of rice fields as far as the eye could see, traffic going multiple directions and a bus driver who honked enthusiastically every mile or so. He liked his horn, for sure. We enjoyed Cambodian music videos on a TV at the front of the bus, too. Once in Battambang, a city that is much more spread out than Siem Reap, less touristy, and yet with a population of 250,000, we moved into our new headquarters, hopped in a tuk-tuk and rode to the YWAM base.
Today, we hit the ground running after a breakfast buffet at the hotel that included hotdogs, vegetables, rice, fish, and many things we had never seen, much less eaten before. Sue was looking for her bran flakes, but alas.: ) We attended a worship service on the YWAM base, with songs sung in alternating Khmer and English. How cool to hear familiar worship songs sung in Khmer! After that, we went to an orientation for life in Battambang and on the base and visited a small orphanage started by the YWAM staff. There, a baby, a toddler and his brother are cared for so lovingly by YWAM staff. To get there, we walked through a slum area that was heartbreaking. If you've ever seen the "Save the Children" commercials, you already have a sense for what a slum looks like and how people are forced to lived. Wrenching and wrong.
Tomorrow is another health clinic, this time in a slum area. We're prepared to be broken again. How can you not be?
And yet, we agree with the t-shirt message we saw in the YWAM "shop"
today... "HOPE IS WINNING". When you see first-hand what a team of
young people who are sold out for Christ can do-- you feel it and you
see it. Hope is winning. It always has, it always will.
All the best,
Maribeth, Jane, Erin, Marla and Sue
Sunday, November 7, 2010
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
What "something new" do you think you might want to try your hand at this fall?
Monday, November 1, 2010
I listened to a teaching at church this morning on how we humans become deceived in believing that who we are is found in 1) what we do 2) what we have 3) what others say about us. These addictions of power and position, possessions, and approval make us believe our security and worth is wrapped up in ourselves rather than in the One in whom we find our truest identity.
So, there I was, laid out and feeling stripped before God with what was the greatest test of my identity. And in what was the deepest identity crisis of my life, God did the deepest work of my life. When it appeared that I was doing much of nothing for a good portion of the next year, God was actually doing some of his greatest growing of me that I’ve ever experienced. Those times with Him were the richest and most intimate of my experience to date. He rooted me in my identity in Christ, and I really believe it has shaped me differently in what I believe about my life and how I see and define Christ’s Church.
Our teacher this morning mentioned being still…silence/solitude/ceasing…as a counter measure to fight all of our doing. I will testify to this practice with all my heart and life. Quieting my inner and outer self to be centered in God, to hear from God, to remember who it is that really works, who holds the power and plans, and whom I belong to and answer to, is so critical to break the identity lie of I am what I do.